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20 Great Quotes on Wisdom

Updated on January 29, 2015

Wisdom Quotes

I have always fancied great quotations made by the people around the world and I try to include these quotations in most of my articles and posts. Following is a list of some of my favorite quotes on wisdom:

1) "I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received"

~ Antonio Porchia

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2) "Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life."

~ Sandra Carey

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3) "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it"

~ Albert Einstein

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4) "Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something."

~ Plato

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5) "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

~ Unknown

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6) "Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit."

~ Baltasar Gracian

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7) "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it."

~ David Starr Jordan

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8) "One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything."

~ George C. Lichtenberg

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9) "The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people."

~ Mark Twain

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10) "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

~ Mark Twain

11) "Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."

~ Oprah Winfrey

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12) "It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite."

~ Sam Levenson

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13) "We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."

~ Samuel Smiles

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14) "He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today."

~ Tryon Edwards

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15) "It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

~ Walter Lippmann

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16) "Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity"

~ William Menninger

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17) "A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?"

~ Unknown

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18) "The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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19) "Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself."

~ Khalil Gibran

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20) "A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance."

~ Gian Carlo Menotti

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    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      There are some great quotes here for sure!! I love the Plato one!!

    • calicoaster profile image
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      calicoaster 7 years ago

      he he..thanks..My fav. is the first one, by Antonio Porchia

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Luv # 2. So true. Thanks for posting these meaningful quotes :)

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      calicoaster 7 years ago

      Thanks for liking these quotes Om Parampoonya!! :)

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